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ETA News Release: [07/30/2009]
Contact Name: Jaime Zapata
Phone Number: (202) 693-4676
Release Number: 09-0893-NAT

U.S. Department of Labor announces $26.5 million to implement and expand unemployment insurance REA grants

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced grants totaling $26.5 million to 25 states to implement or enhance the Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) Initiative for unemployment insurance (UI) recipients.

"Unemployment insurance is a centerpiece of the social safety net, but it is only part of a process designed to help get workers back into good jobs," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "By expanding training and employment services, these grants will help prepare workers for employment in thriving regional industries, and give them a better opportunity to provide for their families."

"These grants represent another way in which vital support is being provided to unemployed workers and their families including auto workers," added Dr. Ed Montgomery, executive director of the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers. "By taking advantage of the resources available in the REA initiative the workers will be able to find good jobs that match their skills."

Today's funding will allow staff at one-stop career centers to conduct in-person assessments with individuals who are receiving unemployment compensation. These assessments are used to determine which services and/or training are appropriate for each worker. Each worker also develops an individual work-search plan and is provided with labor market information that allows for a more focused job search.

This funding will allow 16 new states to implement the REA Initiative with the remaining nine using funds to expand or improve current programs.

For more information on unemployment insurance and the range of Department of Labor training and employment programs, visit http://www.doleta.gov.

Editor's note: A list of grantees is below.


2009 REA GRANTS

STATE

GRANT AMOUNTS

ARIZONA*

$391,701

CALIFORNIA*

$3,180,000

FLORIDA

$3,078,796

HAWAII

$521,860

IOWA*

$819,089

IDAHO

$51,780

INDIANA

$492,000

KANSAS*

$425,492

MARYLAND*

$1,019,462

MISSOURI*

$591,908

MISSISSIPPI*

$1,473,459

MONTANA*

$656,750

NORTH CAROLINA*

$1,878,255

NEBRASKA*

$474,487

NEW JERSEY

$144,158

NEVADA

$496,400

NEW YORK

$3,892,177

OHIO

$2,746,970

OREGON*

$461,222

PUERTO RICO*

$408,450

SOUTH CAROLINA

$33,600

TENNESSEE*

$980,094

VERMONT*

$688,156

WEST VIRGINIA*

$231,678

WISCONSIN*

$1,333,892

TOTALS

$26,471,836

* NEW REA STATES